5 Spookiest Ghost Tours In Charlotte, NC (2023)

Best Charlotte, NC ghost tours.

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Charlotte, NC, The Queen City, has plenty of spooky tales to share, from historic cemeteries to haunted buildings and ghostly apparitions.

My husband and I recently visited Charlotte and loved seeing these haunted spots and learning about their history.

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Don’t have time to read the whole post? For the best ghost tour, book this 1.5-hour tour through Charlotte’s best-preserved historical neighborhood – where the locals have spotted ghosts for centuries.

Fun fact: Did you know that one of the most haunted places in Charlotte is the Carolina Theatre? Built in 1927, many people have experienced unexplained noises, cold spots, and apparitions.

Some visitors have even claimed to see the ghost of a young girl who is said to have died in a tragic accident at the theater.

In this article, we’ll take a closer look at some of the best ghost tours in Charlotte, North Carolina, and what makes them worth checking out.

Our Top 3 Picks: Best Charlotte, NC Ghost Tours

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Carolina Haunts & History
Walking Ghost Tour
🖤 Haunted Mansions
🖤 Historical Neighborhood

Queens City Ghost Tour
Uptown area
🖤 Haunted Cemeteries
🖤 Historical Fire Station

Haunted Charlotte Ghost
& Pub Walking Tour
🖤 Pub Crawl
🖤 Small Group

Best Ghost Tours in Charlotte, NC

1 – Carolina History and Haunts Walking Tour

Settlers' Cemetery in Charlotte, NC is haunted by ghosts.
Book the top-rated ghost tour in Charlotte, the Carolina History & Haunts Ghost Tour.

Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Tour Length: 90 minutes
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This highly-rated ghost tour begins in the Fourth Ward neighborhood, one of Charlotte’s oldest and most historic areas. It often sells out, so book your tickets well in advance.

Here, visitors will earn about the city’s early days and hear tales of the ghosts that are said to haunt the area still. The tour covers a range of locations, including historic homes, cemeteries, and landmarks.

I loved the bootleg house and the cemetery they were just the type of deliciously mysteriousness you want on a ghost walk. And the hospital and medical college were an interesting twist with the whiskey barrels.”

-Elizabeth (Read more reviews)

One of the highlights of the tour is a visit to the Old Settlers’ Cemetery, which is said to be one of the most haunted locations in the city.

Visitors will hear stories of unexplained phenomena, including ghostly apparitions and strange sounds, that have been reported by those who have visited the cemetery at night.

2 – Queen City Ghosts Tour

The Bootlegger Firehouse on a ghost tour in Charlotte, NC
You’ll visit the Bootlegger House, a Victorian fire station on the Queen City Ghost Tour in Charlotte.

Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Tour Length: 60 minutes
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The tour takes visitors through some of Charlotte’s most haunted locations, led by knowledgeable guides sharing tales of ghostly apparitions and unexplained phenomena.

One of the highlights of the tour is a visit to the ‘Bootlegger House,’ a Victorian fire station with a secret door where bootleggers stashed their illegal alcohol during prohibition. This site is known to be haunted by mischievous spirits.

“Had a great time with my coworkers. Learned some great history with a macabre twist. I have done ghost tours in Orlando, New Orleans and Savanna and this one is up there in history and interest.”

-Rebecca (Read more reviews)

Another popular stop on the tour is the Carolina Theatre, a beautiful historic building that is also said to be haunted.

Visitors will hear stories of ghostly apparitions and unexplained phenomena that have been reported by both staff and patrons of the theatre over the years.

3 – Haunted Charlotte Ghost & Pub Walking Tour

RiRa, a haunted bar on a ghost tour in Charlotte, NC
Ri Ra is one of the haunted pubs you will visit on your Haunted Charlotte Ghost and Pub Walking Tour.
Gary & Kristen at the haunted pub RiRa ghost tour in Charlotte, NC
Enjoy drinks and ghost stories on the Haunted Charlotte Ghost and Pub Walking Tour.

Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Tour Length: 2 hours 30 minutes
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This tour takes you through some of Charlotte’s most haunted sites while also making stops at some of Charlotte’s best pubs and bars.

As part of the bar crawl, you’ll visit Ri Ra, an Irish Pub known for its haunted past. Be sure to order their Irish Coffee if it’s cold out. It’s made with hot coffee, Irish whiskey, and whipped cream.

We loved visiting Ri Ra and learning about its history. The bar was meticulously restored in Ireland and shipped to the US.

“Loved listening to ghost stories while drinking a cocktail, it was a laid back and enjoyable tour.”

-Ashley (Read more reviews)

Along with stopping at several bars where you can purchase drinks, you’ll also visit the haunted Dunhill Hotel, Old Settlers Cemetery, as well as several other haunted sites.

You’ll even get a commemorative can cooler or cup to take home to remember your trip by.

4 – Charlotte Self-Guided Ghost Walking Tour

Walking Ghost Tour in Charlotte, NC
Go at your own pace on the Charlotte Self-Guided Ghost Walking Tour.

Tour Length: Go at your own pace
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The beauty of this tour is that you can take your time enjoying each stop.

This tour will take you to most of the significant haunted sites you’ll find on other tours, like Ri Ra Irish Pub, The Dunhill Hotel, and Founders Hall.

You’ll listen to this tour on a smartphone app. It’s produced with spooky music and sounds to set the mood. You can pause and restart the tour at any time.

5 – Uptown Charlotte Self-Guided Audio Tour

The haunted Dunhill Hotel on a ghost tour in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Book this self-guided walking tour to learn Charlotte’s fascinating history, including ghost stories of the haunted Dunhill Hotel.

Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Tour Length: Approximately 2 hours, but go at your own pace
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If you’re looking for a history tour of Charlotte with a few ghost stories along the way, this tour is for you.

On this tour, you’ll learn the early history of Charlotte and visit interesting landmarks like First Presbyterian Church of Charlotte, the oldest building in Queen City.

“Great way to see the city and learn its history at your own pace. Many of the stops had benches near by so you could sit and enjoy learning. Must go into the hotel – beautiful lobby.”

-Trisha (Read more reviews)

And if you’re in the mood to be scared, don’t worry, the stop at the Dunhill Hotell will fill your need for ghost stories.

Several businessmen have leapt to their deaths there, and locals believe ghosts still haunt the hotel.

I hope you get a chance to try one of these ghost tours in Charlotte, NC. You can’t go wrong with any of them.

Where to stay in Charlotte, North Carolina

If you’re looking for a place to stay that’s close to your ghost tour, I highly recommend staying at the Dunhill Hotel. This hotel is considered haunted and is a stop on most of these ghost tours.

The above haunted tours take place in Uptown Charlotte (which is actually the downtown area of Charlotte).

The Hilton is another wonderful hotel to stay at in the Uptown Charlotte area.

Dunhill Hotel

The Dunhill Hotel is located in Uptown Charlotte, where most visitors will want to stay.

It’s within walking distance of several attractions, including the above ghost tours.

Dunhill Hotel in Charlotte, NC
Book the haunted Dunhill Hotel for upscale accommodations. Photo cred: Expedia.

Hilton Uptown Charlotte

The Uptown Charlotte Hilton is near the NASCAR Hall of Fame as well as a metro station.

It has 2 restaurants and a health club.

Hilton in Uptown Charlotte, North Carolina
Book the Hilton Uptown Charlotte to be near the Metro and downtown attractions. Photo cred: Expedia.

If you need more space than a hotel room, check out this 2 bedroom, 2 bath luxury condo. It has a rooftop terrace to view the gorgeous Charlotte skyline.

This condo has a pool, outdoor fireplace, parking, and lovely decor.

Luxury condo in Uptown Charlotte, North Carolina
Book this luxury condo in Uptown Charlotte with rooftop skyline views. Photo cred: VRBO.

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18 Responses

  1. Ghost Tours are so fun! These 5 in Charlotte will be going on our list for next time we are in this North Carolina city.

  2. These are excellent ghost tours to enjoy in Charlotte! I love doing ghost tours in every city that I visit.

  3. I’m a total scaredy cat when it comes to the paranormal. But I am always so intrigued to learn about why a place has become haunted. I don’t think of Charlotte, North Carolina when it comes to ghost tours, but it looks like there are plenty of options. If I had to choose, I would go with the Haunted Charlotte Ghost & Pub Walking Tour. It sounds like a fun way to learn more about the city.

  4. Had no idea there were ghost tours in Charlotte. I do enjoy spooky stories, and would probably like the walking ghost tour.

    1. It seems like every town has it’s share of ghost stories and there are some great ones in Charlotte!

  5. So many cool ghost tours in Charlotte, NC. I especially love the walking tours because you also learn a lot about the city in addition to the scary stories.

  6. It’s an interesting choice of ghost tours in Charlotte NC. I’d pick the Carolina History and Haunts Walking Tour.

  7. It was so fun to read about the 5 spookiest ghost tours in Charlotte, NC! I have to admit that I am fascinated by this kind of stuff but also super chicken about it haha! That said, I would love to go on one of these walking tours, maybe the pub crawl one (for a little liquid courage!) and will keep these in mind if I’m ever in that neck of the woods!

  8. I absolutely love ghost tours! I haven’t been to Charlotte yet, but I would definitely seek out a tour there. I think I would probably choose the Carolina Haunts and History Tour. Isn’t it interesting how many theaters and hotels seem to be haunted? Perhaps it’s because the haunted ones are often older, and the public has access. Maybe we are just more aware of them. Anyway, your post makes me want to check out Charlotte!

  9. I love a great self guided tour — but I think with a ghost tour the guide adds so much to the presentation. Sounds like you found some great spooky ghost tours in Charlotte.

  10. I actually like a good ghost story. I’m not into blood & gore, but a ghost story, movie, series is right up my alley. If I’m ever up Charlotte, NC, I’ll make sure to check these out!

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